Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold by Paula Guran

Beyond the Woods Anthology Paula Guran

Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

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An overall very good collection of fairy tale, with each author adding his or her own unique twist to some well-known and some not very known tales. Read on for a more detailed review of each story.

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer Cover

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats.

 

Plot

There is a piece of land called Area X in which strange things happen. Cut off from the rest of the world, it is a natural paradise. A group called the Southern Reach keeps watch over the area, sending in expedition after expedition. The few who come back from these expeditions are changed.

This is the story of the twelfth expedition, told by a nameless biologist and what they find in Area X.

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